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Arsenal not ready to pay “Messi and Ronaldo wages” to Sanchez

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Ex-Gunner Charlie Nicholas ruled out the possibility of Alexis Sanchez staying at the club this season.

According to him, Alexis Sanchez is not going to get wages like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at Arsenal and a “painful” exit is looking likely.

The 28-year-old has only a year left on his contract at Emirates and with Manchester City around the corner looking for an opportunity to sign the forward, Nicholas feels that Arsenal must now consider allowing their star man to leave.

Asked if Lacazette’s arrival could persuade Sanchez to stay, he said: “I genuinely don’t think so.”

“I think Sanchez is completely and utterly his own man. We have seen that with his actions last season.”

“He is a winner, a warrior, a fighter, a player we all truly admire and we’d love to keep him but if his heart is on trying to get the same wages as people like Messi and Ronaldo, it’s not going to materialize.”

“If they have to sell him it would be harsh, painful with only one year remaining but they may have to consider this.”

“Sanchez is in control of the whole situation because the club has been so slow in reacting and sorting this out.”

“I have genuinely got bad vibes about Sanchez. It just feels as if he is teasing and tormenting other people to make an offer that Arsenal might have to consider. I hope I am wrong in that.”

Nonetheless, the signing of Lacazette, 26, for a reported £52million fee has gone down well.

Nicholas said: “It is a big statement of intent from Arsenal. The statement is to say to Sanchez and others we are serious to get back challenging for the title and we are serious about getting back into the Champions League again.

“He [Lacazette] is at a prime age now to look to hit the ground running at Arsenal. They should have tried to get him three years ago.

“He will want to try and improve on his own reputation. I really do think he is a perfect fit.”

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